* John 7:53-8:11- Original text was missing and instead replaced with another recorded deed of Christ which I'm not even going to quote because it doesn't belong here.
John 7:54 is not the last verse of chapter 7. It actually stretches to 7:65. John chapter 8:1 actually begins at the dispute of Jesus's testimony but is marked as John 8:12.
Gospel of John chapter 7 has 65 verses and it talks about Jesus going to the Festival and records what had happened while he was there. The chapter's main focus was the questioning of the validity of Jesus as a prophet, (and the questioning of the validity of Jesus's Spirit was the focus in chapter 8). The problem that arose in chapter 7 concerned his genealogy and when the leaders of the Jewish Laws and those educated of scripture began to oppose his validity using recorded scripture to testify against him, Nicodemus spoke on his behalf.
It doesn't make any sense for the author to write about the testimonies of Christ in chapter 6, only to record the disputes that rose afterward in the next 2 chapters, and yet, have a passage in the middle of the two chapters that focused on the major disputes, to be about something else that had nothing to do with the main subject of focus in those 2 chapters. It's like me reading a book about Cinderella and yet find a small paragraph in the middle of the book talking about Winnie the Pooh. That's how ridiculous it seems to me for anyone to accept that the passage John 7:53-8:11 actually belongs here when it still clearly presents a gap of the missing original piece.
Instead, after the teachers of the law said "Look into it and you will see that a prophet does not come out of Galilee..", John 7:53 begins with Nicodemus refuting the remark. He says, "Brothers, Galilee was a land given to one of the sons of Jacob, it belonged to the tribe of Dan. When Jacob blessed Israel, he said this, 54"Israel will provide justice for his people, as if he were one of the tribes of Dan. He will be like a snake along the roadside, a viper along the path; that bites the horse's heels so that its rider tumbles backwards. I look for your deliverance O'Lord." (Genesis 49:16-18).
Although the NIV bible has Genesis 49:17 written: "Dan will provide justice for his people, AS one of the tribes of Israel", it's clearly wrong. This wording implies that Dan is not one of the tribes of Israel but he is, because he is one of Jacob's legitimate sons. Therefore, I believe they translated it the way that it made most sense to them, even though it's incorrect. They actually had it backwards. When the verse is corrected, it really says, "Israel will provide justice, as one who is of the tribe of Dan", Jacob is not identifying out of which tribe this person who will deliver justice will be descended from, but only mention that he will come from the land of Dan even though he won't be a descendant of Dan.
Also, I believe Nicodemus supports this by explaining further to the pharisees, "Though Jacob gave us a broad identity of the one who will come to save us, we at least know he is an Israelite." So, knowing these things, I believe the correct passage of John 7:53-65 was written this way:
(53) But Nicodemus, having the best knowledge of scripture said to them, (54) "You are in error, for, Galilee was a land given to the tribe of Dan. (55) Don't you remember what Jacob said when he blessed all the tribes of Israel concerning him (Dan)? He said, (56) 'Israel will provide justice for his people, as one who is from the tribe of Dan'. (57) Though Jacob may not have identified as to which tribe this deliverer would be from, (58) we at least know he is an Israelite and (59) also know that he will be mistaken for a Danite. (60) Couldn't this man, who happens to come from the land of Dan, be the savior Jacob had set his heart to look for when he said, (61) 'I look for your deliverance O'Lord'?"
(62) On hearing this, the leaders then researched the scripture and they became divided and continued to dispute among themselves. (63)Nicodemus began gaining supporters, for, after talking with Jesus, he himself began to believe and encouraged his fellow teachers of the law to give the man an opportunity to speak on his own behalf. (64) So the pharisees who heard Nicodemus decided to go out and find Jesus to hear what he had to say. When they found him, they hid among the crowd to listen. (65) Some of them were there so that they could accuse him the moment he said something that went against scripture; while others were there to truly see if he was the one sent by God. (John 8:1) Jesus knowing they were there hidden among the crowds , spoke again to the people...
And I believe that is the missing piece of the gospel.
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